Drag race! Honda Civic Type R vs Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy

In the battle of front-wheel-drive hot hatches with manual gearboxes, you can't get any closer than the Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy and the Honda Civic Type R. Who wins?

Well here's a rare thing indeed, a drag race featuring too manual cars. So, which one of these stick-shift shifting speed demons can stick it to its rival on the quarter-mile? Only one way to find out.

We stuck our in-house race-ace Ashley Oldfield in the Megane and drift-champ Ernest Page in the Honda mostly because a) Ciro is rubbish at changing gears during a drag race and he was having a nap in the Golf and b) Ernest's mate gave his Honda for the day so we would rather Ernest broke it and not one of us.

Renault Megane RS 300 vs Honda Civic Type R specifications

Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy

Price: R774 900

Engine: 1.8-litre 4-cylinder turbo

Power: 221 kW

Torque: 400 Nm

0-100km/h: 5.7s

Kerb weight: 1346kg

Honda Civic Type R

Price: R771 600

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo

Power: 228 kW

Torque: 400 Nm

0-100km/h: 5.8s

Kerb weight: 1356kg

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